Matt S.

Guest Instructor

Matt is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and currently serves as a Defense Contractor in hostile areas around the world.

Matt is a guest instructor that we bring in whenever possible specifically to instruct and discuss CQB and Vehicle CQB. Matt spent four years in the United States Marine Corps (two years Infantry, two years Scout Sniper) and afterwards has spent years as a defense contractor. Matt's real-world experience around the globe brings a wealth of knowledge that is crucial to imparting knowledge to students learning from him. His fast pace, high energy, and postitive attitude make for an incredible experience with any participants in the courses that he instructs. You can see more about Matt's credentials below:

Summary of Qualifications:

  • Four years United States Marine Corps
    • Two years in an Infantry Line Platoon
    • Two years in a Scout Sniper Platoon
  • Two Counter Insurgency Operation deployments to Iraq
  • WPPS and WPS Certifications
  • Extensive training in weapons and weapons handling including small arms and long range-precision rifles


  • United States Marine Corps: Dec. 05 2005- Dec. 04 2009
  • Triple Canopy: Oct 2010 – April 2012
  • DynCorp International: May 2012 – Aug 2013
  • Academi (formerly Blackwater): Sept 2013 – Oct 2014
  • Department of Defense: Present



  • Participated in 300+ foot and mobile counter insurgency patrols during Operation Iraqi Freedom that insured the protection of Iraqi citizens and American forces in western Iraq
  • Supervised millions of dollars worth of military gear, communications equipment, and personnel while maintaining full accountability at all times
  • Ran High Profile and Low Profile Security operations in Baghdad, Iraq
  • Was a PSS member on the Consulate Generals team (Former US. Ambassador to Dubai) in Northern Iraq which included PSD operations on the Syrian/Iraq and well as the Iran/Iraq border.
  • Conducted security operations in Northern Iraq for Senator McCain, Lieberman and Graham post Benghazi attack in support of diplomatic missions throughout the region.
  • Operated on an ERT (Emergency Response Team) for 5 weeks in Herat, Afghanistan in support of the US Consulate after the September 13th attack of 2013
  • PSS (Personal Security Specialist) member in Kabul, Afghanistan on the USAID Mission Directors team


  • Highly trained in crime scene investigation techniques and proper personnel searching
  • Received CERCOM during first combat deployment to Iraq for helping investigate leads which led to the capture of over 25 insurgents


  • Highly trained in communication equipment and techniques to include UHF, VHF and Satellite Communications


  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Iraq Campaign Medal (w/1 Bronze Service Star)
  • (2) Sea Services Deployment Ribbons
  • Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
  • Navy Unit Commendation
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Meritorious Mass for running the most combat patrols out of my Sniper Platoon throughout our deployment
  • Certificate of Commendation Award for conducting over 30 targeted raids that lead to the capture of over 25 HVI’s (High Value Individuals)

Relevant Education:

  • TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care)
  • Combat Life Savers course
  • CPR Certified
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Countermeasures First Responder Training Course
  • WPPS and WPS Certifications
    • Certifications mandated by the U.S State Department that included weapons qualifications in the M4, Glock 19, 249 SAW, 240B, Remington 870 and the 203.
    • Also included 5 days of offensive/defensive driving techniques, Close Quarters Combat, Tactical Combat Casualty Care and Attack on Principle scenarios
  • Tiger Swan Pistol Course
  • US Training Center Executive Protection Course
  • United States Marine Corps School of Infantry
    • Specialized in rifleman tactics and techniques, communication techniques, first aid, weapons and weapons handling
  • Marine Corps Institute:
    • Fundamentals of Marine Corps Leadership
    • Military Studies
    • Military Operations on Urban Terrain
    • Leadership
    • Infantry Patrolling
    • Warfighting Techniques
    • Marine Riflemen Combat Skills
    • Warfighting Tactics
    • Weapons


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